There are many benefits from cycling regularly but one of the key issues cyclists need to remember is safety. Our cycle training, both for children and adults, covers safety tips in detail. Here are the main aspects to bear in mind.
One of the keys to cycling safely on the road is assertiveness.
In practice this means claiming the space you need in order to be safe on the road and often doing things earlier rather than later to get yourself in the correct road position, even where that may mean that vehicles behind have to slow down or are delayed (a little) because you are, legitimately, ‘blocking their way’. (You’re not actually blocking their way, you’re just another road user who is in front of them and they have to wait for you to carry out your manoeuvre before they can continue their journey). So, a few practical examples:
· Ride a metre away from the kerb, not right in the gutter, so that you’re much more in the line of sight - and in the attention – of vehicle drivers.
· When moving out to pass a parked vehicle or other obstruction, look behind early, try and make eye contact with the driver behind you, and if it’s safe, move out nice and early and place yourself in the main traffic flow, until it’s safe to move back towards the kerb. If there are several parked vehicles coming up, stay out past all of them, don’t weave in and out of the small gaps between them.
2. Large vehicles
Sadly many of the fatalities that do occur with cyclists involve large vehicles. The best advice is to give them plenty of space and never get yourself caught on the inside of one, for example, if you’re filtering along the left of a line of stationery traffic. Drivers of large vehicles, if they’re not fitted with special mirrors, cannot see you and if they start to turn left when you’re on their inside, it’s not good news. Stay behind and away from them and let them get on with what they need to do. Then when they’re out of the way, proceed with your journey!
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